MV Agusta F3 675: 126bhp, traction control, launch control, wheelie control, ride-by-wire

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This is the most sophisticated supersport-class motorcycle ever produced. And we do mean produced, the MV Agusta F3 675 is finally entering production, a year after it was first unveiled. Was the wait worth it? Well, if 126bhp, 52lb/ft and possibly the smartest set of performance-enhancing electronics ever, all for the price of a Triumph Daytona 675 sounds good to you, then yes. Of course, there’s the looks too; the F3 is available in white, black or silver/red.

Update: 15 all-new, wallpaper-sized images and complete analysis.

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MV has dubbed its electronics package “Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System” or MVICS for short. Like other advanced electronics packages (think APRC or the BMW S1000RR’s), MVICS uses switchable riding modes and programmable intervention levels to enable riders to tailor intervention to their preferences. But, MVICS appears to have components neither Aprilia nor BMW do.

Like APRC and unlike BMW, MVICS has more applications than just traction control. There’s launch control, wheelie control and quickshift too. Unlike APRC and like BMW, MVICS employs a lean-angle sensor to “read the wheel slip during all angles of lean and then adjusting the throttle opening, spark advance and fuel delivery to ensure the optimal safety and acceleration in all dynamic conditions.”

Power is controlled by altering programming to the two fuel-injectors per cylinder (!) and the enormous 50mm throttle valves. Rider can select one of four pre-programmed maps/intervention levels, or customize their own 5th one. The TC, for example, has eight modes of intervention within that final, totally customizable map.

The thing is, MVICS is only one of several unprecedentedly advanced solutions employed on the F3. The engine is also jaw dropping. 126bhp and 52lb/ft are on par with the Triumph 675’s 124bhp and 53lb/ft, but other engine specs are much more impressive. Where the Daytona can only rev to 13,950rpm, the MV carries on all the way to 15,000rpm, developing max power at 14,500 and max torque at 10,600. That sky-high rev limit (15k is ridiculous for a triple) is made possible by oversquare bore and stroke dimensions (79×45.9mm), but also titanium inlet and exhaust valves. Those dimensions will also have packaging benefits, combining with the integrated cylinder/crank cases and the integrated pump system which locates the oil and water pumps inside the cases to deliver an unprecedentedly short, narrow engine.

Then there’s the production motorcycle-first counter-rotating crankshaft. Traditionally, motorcycle crankshafts have turned the same direction as the wheels and nothing bad has ever happened. But, if you spin the crank the other way you can use the gyroscopic forces generated by its acceleration and high RPM operation to discourage wheelies and alter handling.

Like other MVs, the F3 uses a steel tube/aluminum swingarm pivot frame, here tailored to fully capitalize on the tiny engine to deliver a very, very small overall package. That compact engine also enables the fitment of a very long swingarm inside a still very short wheelbase of just 1,380mm; the Daytona’s is 1,395mm. That’s allegedly a record shortness in the supersport class, something also claimed of the 173kg wet weight. Forks are fully-adjustable 43mm Marzocchis; rear suspension is an equally adjustable piggback Sachs; brakes are 320mm discs/radial Nissin master cylinder/radial Brembo calipers and the wheels are also claimed to be ultra light weight.

““The F3 will be the smallest bike that’s ever been produced in this category,” Giovanni Castiglioni told us. It’s like a 125.”

All that for €11.990 in Italy? That’s identical to that Triumph. While that price is for Italy only, it’s an incredibly encouraging sign that the F3 should at least be an attainable motorcycle when it eventually does reach US shores.

  • Andrew

    Looks great to me!

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    sick.

  • robotribe

    See? Tasteful simple color schemes can be sexy.

    Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki, go to your rooms and don’t come out until you’ve taken this lesson to heart!

  • JC

    Awesome, but the red reminds of the Daytona…that pipe is insane!

  • John

    I want this in a bad way

  • Coreyvwc

    Only 126bhp? I think I just won a bet amongst some friends! Not that it matters but I knew the 140 claim was bs from the get go…

    It’s still going to be an amazing bike though!

  • Myles

    Want this so bad, but I’m sure the insurance on such a low volume Italian bike is going to be ridiculous.

  • Edward

    I thought the goal for the F3 was to make 140 hp at the crank (and I thought I read that they were close to doing so)? Is there a story as to why they fell short? I know it’s not the most important measurement, but won’t this put the F3 significantly down relative to the 848 Evo, if for no other reason than marketing?

    Edit: Though I would think the electronics package is probably a much more important factor than hp for real world use.

  • Roman

    New goal: get good enough at riding motorcycles that I can fully exploit this bike by the time I can afford it.
    #mustdomoretrackdays

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      Roman, you and me both!
      I told myself I would keep my K6 Gixxer until I was a better rider than it, I mean it’s a 5 years old bike now, should be easy to handle, right? Nah, I got a ways to go…

  • todd

    wow…. that looks AWESOME, and the technology…. WOW.
    I have been waiting for EBR to announce their bikes for the masses (RX, SX, AX models <40K pice tag) so I could start making plans. But this thing looks killer

    What a bunch of great motorcycles for the future

  • Scott

    IF this bike is priced accordingly, then I have found my next bike. After taking a good look at the Daytona 675, even the R, I see no reason not to have this Italian stallion dripping with tech and exotica for the likely same(ish?)money.

    • je

      +1

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    omg, i almost fainted when i saw that white bike up top.. im unable to say how excited i am to see this bike in person.. hopefully as soon as possible too! wow.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Man, this is an impressive motorcycle. I am impressed with the amount of technology packed on board for the price.

  • Isaac

    I hope it’s under 13k when it gets here. I’ve been thinking about a ’12 Daytona 675 of this F3.

  • Thom

    Too beautiful

    Too sweet

    But too many Electronic Nannies for my taste

    Too bad

  • zipp4

    Want.

  • Todd

    Stunning, to be sure. I’m especially partial to the red & silver combo, though from what I could see of the black it looked nice too.

    One thing though, this is certainly not the first production bike to have its engine rotate in the opposite direction as the front wheel. Old Honda V4 Magnas & Sabres do that, and I’m sure there are other examples out there.

  • Tony

    Maybe it would be interesting to do some sort of photoshop overlay design study to see how the prototype they pimped out like a Kardashian differs from the production version.

    While these pics look great, something seems off from the original pics. Hmmm.

  • Alex Morrow

    Am I the only one who realizes how much €11.990 translates to?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Are you the only one who realized you can’t just exchange rate price conversions?

      In the UK, a Triumph Daytona 675 is 8,499gbp, which translates to $13,518usd. In actuality, the Daytona 675 retails for $10,999 here.

      • Tony

        The joys of “local market pricing”‘.

    • Edward

      edit – wes is right

  • rndholesqpeg

    Since it has ride by wire and traction control does this mean it has a ‘blipper’ for nasty down shifts?

    With this sort of power range I’m not worried about saving myself from the high side incident as much as having a blipped would allow me to get into the corner better.

    • Coreyvwc

      It has a slipper clutch, no blipping.

  • Kyle

    this… is… so … bought next spring

  • BigHeartedTone

    Well more revs for similar power is a bad thing in my book, and personally I find the exhaust too fussy, it still looks and (as a package) sounds great. The grill under the headlight looks a little unfinished on these pics btw..

  • Sentinel

    The higher revs will allow an ultimately higher state of tune when customized with more room to tune up high, for bigger numbers than would otherwise be possible.

    Give it a chance to prove itself before simply writing off because of some theory stuck in your head. This bike is real innovation in many ways, and we have yet to see anything produced like it…

  • slowestGSXRever

    god damn I love all white plastics on a bike.

  • pplassm

    If “wheelie control” means automatically finding the balance point and holding the bike there so I can wheelie forever, I WANT it!

    Request from the wheelie-impaired.